347. The American Revolution (Part 1)

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347. The American Revolution (Part 1)

“America, late the strength, now the foe to Britain, dismembered, torn, I fear forever lost to England, whence she sprung.”

The American Revolution came about due to growing tensions between the American colonies and Great Britain, primarily over issues of taxation and representation. It led to the birth of the United States of America, established upon Enlightenment principles of liberal democracy and constitutionalism. In the first episode of our four part series, Tom and Dominic are joined by Professor Adam Smith for a detailed look at the beginnings of the American Revolution, as they examine the background to the war, and how both religious fervour and the implementation of colonial taxes fuelled the conflict. 

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